In a move supporters claim will reduce the number of abortions in the state and opponents claim will further restrict access to women's health care clinics, the State Senate has passed new restrictions on clinics that provide abortion services. David Hurand spoke with the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Health System, Dr. Donna Burkett about the bill which is now on its way to the State House.
Western North Carolina advocates for gay rights and the right to marry are hailing today's Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara says the ruling is a big step forward but much work remains to be done in North Carolina. She spoke with David Hurand
The 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book finds that children in the U.S. continue to make gains in education and health, despite the growing number of children who live in poverty. David Hurand spoke with Laura Speer about the well being of children living in North Carolina.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is set to approve the county 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. The $337 million spending plan includes a significant increase in the county property tax rate. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the budget.
The flow of public money for candidates running for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the State Supreme court is coming to an end. The state budget that the Republican controlled General Assembly is expected to approve eliminates funding for the judicial candidates. David Hurand spoke with the Executive Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, which publishes Facing South and Southern Exposure, Chris Kromm about the demise of public financing of judicial races.
Asheville City Council has made it clear it will not drop the city's legal challenge of a state law that transfers control of the Asheville Water System to the Metropolitan Sewerage Distrct and a Regional Authority. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes about the will of council and a recent email exchange between members of the local delegation to the General Assembly and Mayor Terry Bellamy.
It has been a couple of weeks since the North Carolina Senate sent its' version of a new state budget to the house. While many lawmakers have focused much of their attention on the budget and proposals to overhaul the state tax system, Republican members of the General Assembly from Buncombe County have been busy introducing bills that directly effect local government. David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Mark Barrett bout the unusual number of bills that hit close to home...
Governor Pat McCrory has reversed course and now says he no longer supports cutting by half state support for the High Point Furniture Market. David Hurand speaks with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson.